Blue Skies Above Us

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I have a new comic up on tiny mix tapes. It’s called The Six Basic Postures of Nunchuckti Yoga. Here’s an example.


I drew this with my new wacom tablet, the Intuous 4 Wireless. The Intuous 5 came out very recently, but after reading a bunch of reviews, and after using a 4, I decided on the 4. Previously, I’d been using a Wacom Bamboo, and I wasn’t impressed by it. I mostly just used it for touch-ups – I’d scan in art, and then clean up all the bad lines in Photoshop. But it would frequently make “phantom” lines. Even when I wasn’t making contact with the tablet, it would often act like I was! Very frustrating, and it made it difficult to undo changes, since there would end up being lots of teensy changes to undo.

Anyway, I had the phrase “nunchuckti yoga” in my head for a few months, but I couldn’t think of how best to express the idea. Then I saw some yoga posture charts, and decided to go with that!


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I have a new comic up on Tiny Mix Tapes called “Buttloads of Apps.”

It features five innovative app ideas.

Here’s one:

And four more. Click here to see them all.

I drew this in a moleskine notebook. And, unfortunately, moleskines have yellow-toned pages. In the past when I’ve scanned in drawings from moleskines, I’ve kept them black and white and then adjusted the tone to make the background butt white. But for this Buttloads of Apps comic I colored them with colored pencil. So adjusting the tone screwed over all of the colors. So, instead I opted to retain the yellowy background within the drawings, but remove it outside of the border. And also process all of the text as black and white. I like how this worked out. There is a lot of white space in the drawings (ALL of the skin, and much of the backgrounds), and I think it looks nice to have that replaced with a warm tone. Still, I kind of wish that moleskines had really white backgrounds.

One time I actually worked on a REAL app. The Pinball Map App. I worked on the UI and some of the graphics.


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I have a new comic up today on Tiny Mix Tapes. It’s called Bullies, and you can see it here.

My characters for the last couple years have for the most part been very standard-looking. So lately I’ve been trying to draw characters that are a little more cartoony. I took a look at the characters in this Phantom Truck comic (note: that was one of the very first comics I ever made). The man looks like a matroishka doll, and the woman is comprised of giant hair, legs, and some face. I think over the years I’ve kept up, to a degree, the “giant hair” motif. But not the matroishka body. So for this bullies comic, I again made the bodies look like bowling pins. And I colored their hair in the same way as the old man from my Svelte comic.


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Founded 2005. Over the years I've posted writing, comics, ringtones, and stuff about maps, bikes, programming, pinball. And I had a robust music blog mostly about '90s hardcore punk (category = music).